Dr. Jake is the Founder and President of Daring Ventures Counseling, Coaching, and Consultation. A Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, Jake is has undergone extensive training in both PACT and Emotionally Focused Therapy, an evidence–based treatment for couples who have suffered attachment injuries. He is visited by couples from across the country and around the world for his couple's intensive experiences, which are designed to begin healing the wounds of betrayal.
Believing in the inherent worth of every person, Jake utilizes insights from developmental psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, and spirituality to help individuals experience greater healing and freedom in their lives. He enjoys teaching as an Assistant Professor of counseling at Houston Graduate School of Theology, where he also serves as Director of the Doctor of Professional Counseling Program.
Jake has a B.A. in Psychology from Elmira College, a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology and Doctorate of Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Professional Member of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). Jake has been trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the world’s leading pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of sex addiction, and is also trained by Dr. Barbara Steffens to work with partners of sex addicts using the Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model of APSATS. He learned Post Inductive Therapy from its developer, Pia Melody, and sat under Drs. Pat Love, Sue Johnson, and Stan Tatkin to learn to work with couples in recovery. Jake has taught and presented research on the topics of theology, counseling, and sexual addiction around the world.
Jake lives in Houston with his wife, Kristen, and daughter, Magnolia Jane.